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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,664 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,664
Reviews: 1,846
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 129
Gots: 341 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001)
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SamfordHall

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-03-2013 21:50:04 | More by SamfordHall
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rcatalano

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-03-2013 18:51:30 | More by rcatalano
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +13.7%

12oz into a pint. About time I got around to this classic craft brew!

A - Frothy off-white head off the pour atop a relatively clean light amber body. The head recedes to a thin soapy film, but never dissipates entirely, leaving a sticky bunch of lacing down the glass.

S - Mild overall, with caramel malt and crisp grassy hops coming through upfront. There's a touch of fruitiness as well, as well as some malty sweetness. Simple and balanced aroma.

T - Follows the nose, but still exceeds expectations. A nice base of toasty caramel malt, almost giving it an English feel, but the zesty hop profile pulls it back to America. Toffee-like sweetness to the malt, with lemongrass, clean barley malt, and a crisp citric character. The finish is punctuated with a mild grassy hop giving it a balanced feel overall. There's a mild fruitiness throughout as well that I can't quite put my finger on, though I'm almost positive I'm picking up some peach and apricot notes. Overall an immensely drinkable profile.

M - Medium bodied, with just the right viscosity, and a fine carbonation that compliments the body perfectly. Crisp and slightly dry, but somehow velvety smooth at the same time.

D - An all around superb beer, and a true testament to the uncompromising quality of craft breweries, even ones as big as Anchor. A balanced, tasty, and incredibly drinkable ale; a true classic.

02-03-2013 02:57:10 | More by Converge
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epicus

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-02-2013 14:43:09 | More by epicus
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Fusion7777

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-02-2013 05:56:07 | More by Fusion7777
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arfenhouse

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-02-2013 05:18:12 | More by arfenhouse
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Hendy011

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%

A - Nice head of foam lasts 5 minutes, leaves lacing on the glass.

S - Straight hops smell, barley, little bit of roasted smell.

T - Comparable to Lionshead, but much more full. Tastes like pancakes. Bitter aftertaste with taste of alcohol.

F - Feel is great, very little carbonation.

O - Pretty good. Similar to a light lager, ale. Nothing too notable about this beer.

02-02-2013 03:15:43 | More by Hendy011
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DragonzBreath

Michigan

3.51/5  rDev -9.1%

Anchor Steam Beer, while choosing this beer a got a little history on the beer.
link below)

This beer poured orange crisp and a bit cloudy.
Lots of bubbles...a bit right up front..malt and citrus fight in this beer.
a good beer.
I would like to enjoy this at the brewery.
Abv 4.9

02-01-2013 21:34:07 | More by DragonzBreath
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BigBarley

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-31-2013 19:13:57 | More by BigBarley
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SubtleblinK

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-30-2013 07:04:42 | More by SubtleblinK
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gregu2

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-30-2013 02:22:07 | More by gregu2
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KillaB

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

01-29-2013 08:34:54 | More by KillaB
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dan027

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-28-2013 21:44:43 | More by dan027
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-28-2013 17:04:21 | More by DmanGTR
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beestes

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-28-2013 12:49:15 | More by beestes
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-28-2013 04:33:49 | More by mendvicdog
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T100Mark

California

4.48/5  rDev +16.1%

Serving Type - The classic 12 ounce brown bottle in a shaker pint glass (the bottle looks so cool).

Appearance - A perfect copper color. I wish the beer left a little more lace around the inside of the glass however.

Smell - Good.

Taste - Flavorful. The beer has a slight botanical flavor. The balance between malt and hops is ideal. Very drinkable!

Mouth - Tart yet clean.

Overall - This is the first micro brew I remember being aware of (as a young boy, I watched my father drink one at Fisherman's Wharf). Yes, I'm a little biased. I love this beer.

01-28-2013 04:18:29 | More by T100Mark
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NeoZaZ

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-27-2013 22:20:26 | More by NeoZaZ
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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-27-2013 21:17:07 | More by Mattias
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BklynTerp

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-27-2013 18:14:43 | More by BklynTerp
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rmarks9

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-27-2013 17:21:10 | More by rmarks9
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hopandbarley28

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-27-2013 13:49:49 | More by hopandbarley28
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-27-2013 02:50:34 | More by lupercmda
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Riverared

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-26-2013 22:16:07 | More by Riverared
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ckk527

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

01-26-2013 22:11:27 | More by ckk527
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,664 ratings.